Prof. Mark Whiteley

Consultant Venous Surgeon at The Whiteley Clinic, UK.

Prof. Mark Whiteley  specialized in Vascular Surgery

United Kingdom

Vascular Surgery
Venous Disorders (particularly Varicose Veins); Venous Leg Ulcers; Pelvic Congestion
1984 years

Areas of expertise

  • Microwave closure of varicose veins
  • Sonovein (HIFU - High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) - non-invasive treatment of varicose veins
  • Varicose veins surgery
  • Endovenous laser treatment (EVLA)
  • Foam sclerotherapy
  • Phlebectomy
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Spider veins (thread veins)

About the expert

Prof Mark Whiteley is currently a Consultant Venous Surgeon and Executive Chairman of The Whiteley Clinic, a world-leading vein clinic, specialising in endovenous treatments of a large number of venous disorders. Professor Mark Whiteley has been at the forefront of varicose veins surgery in the UK for the last 20 years with multiple UK firsts: first to use HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) Echotherapy (Sonovein) for varicose veins 2019, first to use Endovenous Microwave Ablation 2019, invented TRLOP (TRansLuminal Occlusion of Perforators) to close perforator veins (part of varicose veins) in 2001, and performed the first endovenous surgery for varicose veins in UK in 1999.

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    Prof. Whiteley qualified as a doctor at St Bartholomew's Hospital London in 1986. Following his training as a surgeon, in 1992 he began specializing in vascular surgery. In 1994 he completed his Masters in Surgery, and became a lecturer at Oxford University in 1995. In 1998 he was appointed a consultant vascular surgeon in Guildford. In March 1999 he performed the first UK keyhole surgery to eliminate varicose veins. In 2000 he, alongside Judy Holdstock, invented the TRLOP to treat perforating veins using a more advanced keyhole technique. In 2013 Whiteley was named a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey.

    Prof. Whiteley has pioneered several techniques and developed treatments along the course of his surgical career. He performed the first endovenous surgery for varicose veins in the UK in March 1999, the first microwave closure of varicose veins in Europe in February 2019, and the first Sononvein (HIFU - High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment in the UK in May 2019.

    He is the founder of The Whiteley Clinic, a rapidly expanding medical clinic that specialises in Varicose Veins and minimally invasive venous surgery. He is also the founder of The College of Phlebology, an international group for doctors, nurses, vascular scientists and technologists to discuss venous issues and find educational support.

    In 2013, Professor Whiteley set up the Leg Ulcer Charity, a UK national charity which aims to help patients with finding a cure for their leg ulcers. He has also sponsored PhD students and an MD position, and is highly involved with training and support. Mark Whiteley and his team have been at the forefront of developments in this field over the last decade and have won international, national and regional prizes for their research into vein treatments.

  • Consultant Venous Surgeon and Executive Chairman

    1998 - Today

    The Whiteley Clinic

  • Founder

    2011 - Today

    The College of Phlebology

  • Visiting Professor

    2013 - 2020

    University of Surrey

  • Consultant Vascular Surgeon

    1998 - 2007

    Royal Surrey County Hospital Trust

  • Clinical Lecturer of Surgery

    1995 - 1997

    Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford

  • Masters in Surgery

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

    St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School


  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatic Disorders (2020)

  • Member of the International Union of Phlebology (UIP) Education Committee (2019)

  • Founder of The Leg Ulcer Charity

  • Founder of The College of Phlebology (2011)

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